Introduction to Restorative Practices

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Discover a New Approach to Discipline and Classroom Management

In this introductory course on Restorative Practices, you will learn how to create safe schools, gain control of the classroom, and address student mental health needs while maximizing academic outcomes. Schools across the nation are implementing alternatives to outdated punishment-based discipline in order to cultivate better classroom management, create positive peer mediation practices, and build community. This course places an emphasis on implementing "real life" solutions that are beneficial to students, teachers and staff.

This course is not associated with the Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate program, and is not applicable toward its requirements.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Teachers (Grade K-12), Administrators, School Counselors, and others wishing to implement classroom-based or school-wide Restorative practices, as an alternative to traditional classroom management and discipline strategies.

Course Materials:  None

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X735R – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Introduction to Restorative Practices

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

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What You Will Learn

  • Evaluate alternatives to punishment-based discipline at the individual, class and school level
  • Identify best practices, core concepts, and tools for implementing and evaluating restorative practices in one’s educational setting
  • Assess the benefits, potential limitations and challenges associated with implementing restorative practices
  • Create a comprehensive resource to support classroom implementation of restorative practices


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This was an excellent class and I have gained substantial knowledge and perspective regarding RP, and will implement aspects in my teaching. Thank you!

I liked that I worked at my own pace.

I enjoyed this course. It provided new ideas as well as validation for my current methods.